Match report by Richard Rowlands Two   successive   draws   had   given   hope   that   a   first   league   win   of   the   season   at   this,   the   tenth   attempt,   was   imminent   but   it   was   not   to   be,   following   two   keeper   errors which resulted in a narrow defeat.  Corey   Thomas   returned   to   partner   Drew   Langdon   in   the   only   change   from   the   thriller   with   Risca   and   it   was   clear   from   the      start   that   this   could   ,over   time,   prove   a   match   winning pairing , given the time to develop. But it won’t be immediately ,with it appearing a case of mistaken identity leading to Thomas’ dismissal  mid- way through the second half. The   pair   began   brightly   with   the   home   defence   finding   it   difficult   to   subdue   their      movement   .   One   such   move   saw Thomas   upended   at   the   edge   of   the   box   and   man   of   the   match   Liam Fawcett seeing his free kick clatter the crossbar . Abergavenny   were   being   restricted   to   long   balls   ,   using   this   ploy   to   good   effect   on   the   massive   Pen-y-   pound   playing   surface   where   there   always   appears   oceans   of   space   to   deliver between defenders. One   such   ball   put   striker   Sean   Feeley   through   on   goal   only   to   be   denied   by   a   fantastic   Scott   Griffiths   cover   tackle   .   But   the   warning   was   there   and   minutes   later   a   similar   ball   saw Aberdare keeper Martin Phillips hesitate to come out  and too late  in allowing the onrushing wing back Drew Heffernan to slot home casually for the opener.  After   such   a   breezy   start   this   hit   Aberdare   hard   and   Abergavenny   with   ex   Aber   winger   Rhys   Tandy   a   threat,   begin   to   put   some   sustained   pressure   on   the   away   defence   but   saw central defenders  David Pinch and Arron Morton in solid form. The   thirty   fourth   minute   saw   the   game   level   when   the   ever   dangerous   Thomas   was   clipped   in   the   box   with   referee   Gavin   Townsend   immediately   pointing   to   the   spot.   Drew   Langdon took with aplomb to the right of keeper Tom Indge for a deserved equalizer. A   booking   for   hand   ball   against   Griffiths   was   shortly   followed   by   a   Liam   Fawcett   delightful   defence   splitting   pass      find   the   exciting   Langdon,   with   only   a   despairing   last   ditch   tackle clearing   the   ball   for   a   corner.   Thomas   and   Langdon   being   fed   by   a   busy   midfield   of   Matt   Owen,   Fawcett, Andrew   Price   and   Levi   Jones   supplemented   by   Simon   Morgan’s   raids   from the flank were causing endless problems for the home defence and they were relieved to hear the half time whistle  . Half Time: Abergavenny Town 1-1 Aberdare Town It   had   certainly   been   Aberdare’s   best   first   45   of   the   season   but   despair   struck   within   two   minutes   of   the   second   period   when   an   innocuous   lobbed   cross   into   their   box   seemed   to contain no danger  only for Phillips to drop and giving the easiest of opportunities for Tandy to slot home. This   moment   really   hit   the   confidence   of   the   team   and   their   play   became   noticeably   disjointed   . Although   capable   of   still   stringing   together   some   eye   catching   moves   they   were   unable to create much in the final third with a Morgan  effort just floating over the bar one of the few threats on goal . Aberdare   gambled   by   substituting   central   defender   Pinch   for   midfielder   Kieran   Davies   .   Davies   was   quickly   involved   in   the   action   and   most   certainly   eventful,   following   a   foul   on   him by   Will   Duggan   and   seeing   handbags   ensue.   Cory   Thomas   was   involved   in   trying   to   break   up   the   pair   but   amazingly   in   the   eyes   of   onlookers   was   brandished   a   red   card   along   with Duggan. Aberdare can ill afford his loss over the next few games  with goal scoring at a premium. Kevin   Connolly   and   Rhys   Thomas   were   late   substitutions   but   the   late   pressure   exerted   did   not   really   hurt   the   home   defence      who   cleverly   for   them   but   frustratingly   for   the   hefty   away support, ran down time with short taken corners and free kicks eating up the minutes. There   is   little   time   to   reflect   on   a   game   from   which   the   garnering   of   at   least   a   point   would   have   been   fair,   as   next   up   is   a   Friday   night   home   game   against      East   Cardiff   side,   Bridgend Street , a fixture which hopefully will attract a good crowd to spur the boys on to that so desperately required first win of the campaign Man of the Match: Liam Fawcett Team:    Martyn   Phillips,   Scott   Griffiths,   Aaron   Morten,   Simon   Morgan,   Dai   Pinch   (Kieran   Davies),   Matt   Owen   (Kevin   Connelly),   Levi   Jones,   Liam   Fawcett,   Andrew   Price   (Rhys Thomas), Cory Thomas, Drew Langdon Sub not used:   Daniel Riddiford, Kieron Bairstow Scorer:   Drew Langdon (Penalty)
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Aberdare Town
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Match report by Richard Rowlands Two   successive   draws   had   given   hope   that   a   first   league   win   of   the season   at   this,   the   tenth   attempt,   was   imminent   but   it   was   not   to   be, following two keeper errors which resulted in a narrow defeat.  Corey Thomas   returned   to   partner   Drew   Langdon   in   the   only   change   from   the thriller   with   Risca   and   it   was   clear   from   the      start   that   this   could   ,over   time, prove   a   match   winning   pairing   ,   given   the   time   to   develop.   But   it   won’t   be immediately   ,with   it   appearing   a   case   of   mistaken   identity   leading   to   Thomas’ dismissal  mid- way through the second half. The   pair   began   brightly   with   the   home   defence   finding   it   difficult   to   subdue their      movement   .   One   such   move   saw   Thomas   upended   at   the   edge   of   the box   and   man   of   the   match   Liam   Fawcett   seeing   his   free   kick   clatter   the crossbar . Abergavenny   were   being   restricted   to   long   balls   ,   using   this   ploy   to   good effect    on    the    massive    Pen-y-    pound    playing    surface    where    there    always appears oceans of space to deliver between defenders. One   such   ball   put   striker   Sean   Feeley   through   on   goal   only   to   be   denied   by   a fantastic   Scott   Griffiths   cover   tackle   .   But   the   warning   was   there   and   minutes later   a   similar   ball   saw   Aberdare   keeper   Martin   Phillips   hesitate   to   come   out     and   too   late      in   allowing   the   onrushing   wing   back   Drew   Heffernan   to   slot home casually for the opener.  After   such   a   breezy   start   this   hit Aberdare   hard   and Abergavenny   with   ex Aber winger   Rhys   Tandy   a   threat,   begin   to   put   some   sustained   pressure   on   the away   defence   but   saw   central   defenders      David   Pinch   and   Arron   Morton   in solid form. The    thirty    fourth    minute    saw    the    game    level    when    the    ever    dangerous Thomas   was   clipped   in   the   box   with   referee   Gavin   Townsend   immediately pointing   to   the   spot.   Drew   Langdon   took   with   aplomb   to   the   right   of   keeper Tom Indge for a deserved equalizer. A   booking   for   hand   ball   against   Griffiths   was   shortly   followed   by   a   Liam Fawcett   delightful   defence   splitting   pass      find   the   exciting   Langdon,   with   only a   despairing   last   ditch   tackle   clearing   the   ball   for   a   corner.   Thomas   and Langdon   being   fed   by   a   busy   midfield   of   Matt   Owen,   Fawcett,   Andrew   Price and   Levi   Jones   supplemented   by   Simon   Morgan’s   raids   from   the   flank   were causing   endless   problems   for   the   home   defence   and   they   were   relieved   to hear the half time whistle  . Half Time: Abergavenny Town 1-1 Aberdare Town It   had   certainly   been Aberdare’s   best   first   45   of   the   season   but   despair   struck within   two   minutes   of   the   second   period   when   an   innocuous   lobbed   cross   into their   box   seemed   to   contain   no   danger      only   for   Phillips   to   drop   and   giving   the easiest of opportunities for Tandy to slot home. This   moment   really   hit   the   confidence   of   the   team   and   their   play   became noticeably   disjointed   .   Although   capable   of   still   stringing   together   some   eye catching   moves   they   were   unable   to   create   much   in   the   final   third   with   a Morgan  effort just floating over the bar one of the few threats on goal . Aberdare   gambled   by   substituting   central   defender   Pinch   for   midfielder   Kieran Davies   .   Davies   was   quickly   involved   in   the   action   and   most   certainly   eventful, following   a   foul   on   him   by   Will   Duggan   and   seeing   handbags   ensue.   Cory Thomas   was   involved   in   trying   to   break   up   the   pair   but   amazingly   in   the   eyes of onlookers was brandished a red card along with Duggan. Aberdare   can   ill   afford   his   loss   over   the   next   few   games      with   goal   scoring   at a premium. Kevin    Connolly    and    Rhys    Thomas    were    late    substitutions    but    the    late pressure   exerted   did   not   really   hurt   the   home   defence      who   cleverly   for   them but   frustratingly   for   the   hefty   away   support,   ran   down   time   with   short   taken corners and free kicks eating up the minutes. There   is   little   time   to   reflect   on   a   game   from   which   the   garnering   of   at   least   a point   would   have   been   fair,   as   next   up   is   a   Friday   night   home   game   against     East   Cardiff   side,   Bridgend   Street   ,   a   fixture   which   hopefully   will   attract   a   good crowd   to   spur   the   boys   on   to   that   so   desperately   required   first   win   of   the campaign Man of the Match: Liam Fawcett Team:    Martyn   Phillips,   Scott   Griffiths,   Aaron   Morten,   Simon   Morgan,   Dai Pinch    (Kieran    Davies),    Matt    Owen    (Kevin    Connelly),    Levi    Jones,    Liam Fawcett, Andrew Price (Rhys Thomas), Cory Thomas, Drew Langdon Sub not used:   Daniel Riddiford, Kieron Bairstow Scorer:   Drew Langdon (Penalty)
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Aberdare Town
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